Fine Literature & Fine Books with Poetry to Ring in the New Year

Shakespeare's Henry V

Shakespeare’s Henry V

PBA Galleries starts 2018 off on Thursday, January 11th with a sale of over 700 lots of important literature spanning four centuries, with additional fine books in a variety of fields. Of prime interest is the poetry collection of Larry Rafferty, featuring numerous key works by some of the most important figures in twentieth century poetry, many of them signed or inscribed by the authors. The poets represented include John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Weldon Kees, Frank O’Hara, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and others. Also in the auction are eight plays by William Shakespeare from the second folio, 1632; first editions by Henry David Thoreau including Walden; large collections of John Steinbeck and Mark Twain; plus Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, John Le Carré, H.P. Lovecraft, Cormac McCarthy, John Updike, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, P.G. Wodehouse, and others. Fine books include early printings of books from the Bible; illustrated books; finely bound books; fine press books; and more. Finally, there is a large number of charming miniature books from a variety of modern presses.

King Henry the Fifth & King Henry the Sixth parts 1-3, are among the ten plays offered in the sale from the 1632 Shakespeare 2nd folio. The four plays bound together in modern levant morocco are among the his most popular and important histories. Henry the Fifth is considered the most popular of his histories, featuring Falstaff as a companion to Henry. The Henry VI plays deal with the War of the Roses and the scheming rivalry of Richard, Duke of York. These plays are some of Shakespeare’s earliest and they established his reputation as a playwright. Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000.

Elizabeth Bishop's North & South

Elizabeth Bishop’s North & South

Another highlight of the sale is a signed first edition of North & South, Elizabeth Bishop’s first book. Published in 1946, this copy is offered in the original dust jacket and housed in a custom clamshell box. Although well-respected during her life, her reputation has grown since her death and she has been described as one of the most important American poets of the 20h century. Estimate: $5,000 – $8,000.

Other poetry highlights include the rare limited edition of Robert Creeley’s Pictures, published by New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute. Illustrated with 11 lithographs by the American pop artist, Jim Dine, it also comes with a 12th lithograph, signed and numbered by Dine, loosely laid in (Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500). The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot, is considered the great poem of the 20th century. A first edition, no. 522 of 1000 copies will be offered. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.

Featured literary work include a first illustrated edition in English of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s high spot of world literature, The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha: And his Trusty Squire Sancho Pancha published in 1687 (Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000); the scarce first English edition of The Green Ray by Jules Verne (Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000); and a first American edition in original dust jacket of B. Traven’s legendary tale of three American derelicts who hunt for gold in the Mexican wilderness, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was the basis of the 1948 John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart (Estimate: $1,500 – $2,000).

Creeley's Pictures Jim Dine Illustration

Creeley’s Pictures with Jim Dine Illustrations

Other featured lots include The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, in six volumes. This, the first edition, 1776-1788, comprises the first modern history of ancient Rome, and is a masterpiece of literary style (Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000). A first edition in the original cloth of Henry David Thoreau’s most important and enduring work, Walden; Or, Life in the Woods, will also be on the block. A key text of the transcendentalist movement, the 1854 publication is one of the landmarks in American letters (Estimate: $5,000 – $8,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday January 8th from 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 9th and 10th, from 9am-5pm and on Thursday, January 11th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Celestial Mechanics and More on November 30th

Newon's Principia

Newon’s Principia

On Thursday, November 30th, PBA Galleries will offer The Richard E. Bateman Collection on Celestial Mechanics with Rare Books & Manuscripts from various other consignors. The Bateman Collection features key works in astronomy, mathematics, the physical sciences, and more, from Newton to Euler, Lagrange and Laplace. In addition, there are high spots in Americana, literature, illustrated and color plate books, fine printings, autograph material, travel and exploration, and much more. Included are important works by William Shakespeare, John Muir, Cervantes, Rudolph Ackermann, even Barack Obama’s fifth grade yearbook inscribed by him.

Sir Isaac Newton’s great work, Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, from 1726, is offered in the rare large paper copy on thick paper of the desirable third edition. This was the last Principia issued in Newton’s lifetime with his revisions and covers Newton’s famous three laws of motion as well as his treatises on fluid motion and celestial mechanics under the principle of gravitation (Estimate: $7,500-$10,000). Also in the celestial mechanics part of the sale is Méchanique Analitique by Joseph Louis Lagrange, 1788, the first edition of his foundation work on analytical mechanics Lagrange extended and further developed Newton’s work on mechanics. transformed theoretical mechanics into a system from which fundamental equations describing the motions of any systems of bodies could be derived (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

Cowboy Stuff

Cowboy Stuff

Cowboy Stuff by F.W. LaFrentz, 1927, with 50 outstanding etched plates by Henry Ziegler, is one of 12 copies printed on handmade paper. Bound in full morocco tooled in gilt, this lavish volume is an exceedingly rare presentation copy of the Lincoln Memorial Edition, signed by LaFrentz, Ziegler and the publishers (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). Another highlight from the Americana section is Barack Obama’s 5th grade yearbook from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. The yearbook is inscribed to a classmate by the future 44th President of the United States, “Barry Obama” (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

Three works published in London are also featured in the sale: The Tragedies of King Lear, Othello, and Anthony and Cleopatra, three of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies from the 1632 second folio are bound together in a single volume (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); Rudolph Ackermann’s Microcosm of London, 3 volumes, 1808-1810, with 104 hand-colored aquatint plates by Rowlandson and Pugin, an early state of the first edition (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000)’ and the most famous book on pirates, Bucaniers of America by John Esquemeling, 1684-5, two volumes bound together, contains numerous engraved illustrations and maps. (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf’s captivating tale of a peaceful bull who resists the call of the ring, and would rather sniff flowers instead will be on the block. A fine first edition in pictorial dust jacket, includes an inscription by the author and a sketch of Ferdinand (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, November 27th from 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 28th and 29th, from 9am-5pm and on Thursday, November 30th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Richard Bateman’s Life-Long Fascination with Astronomy

Richard E. Bateman - Black & WhiteRichard Bateman was born in a small town in Eastern Washington as a child of the Great Depression. He demonstrated an early aptitude for mathematics and science and was encouraged by his teachers in these areas. His early interest in astronomy was sparked from studying the night skies which were quite visible in his hometown. He was particularly interested in the practical aspects of astronomy, such as the constellations and the motions of the moon, planets and other celestial bodies.

These interests led him to his local library where he spent considerable time reading about astronomy from antiquity to the present. Money earned from delivering newspapers enabled him to purchase a small telescope which he used to further explore the motions of celestial bodies.

When he visited the library during his high school years he often copied various articles from the Encyclopedia Britannica which discussed the ideas and publications by well-known astronomers. While he was unable to fully appreciate the scientific importance of the ideas in these publications at the time, they provided him direction for future astronomical studies. He spent so much time in the library that when a newer set of encyclopedias was purchased the librarians gave him the old set of encyclopedias.

Richard E. Bateman - Color (2)He graduated from high school and entered service with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew missions to Germany and other locations in Europe as a navigator on a B-24 Liberator from his base at Horsham-St. Faith near Norwich, England. His previous interest in astronomy and, in particular, his knowledge of the constellations and the motion of the earth in relation to the stars made him a natural candidate to serve as a navigator. When the war ended in Europe he and his crew were sent back to the U.S. to train for additional missions in Asia, but thankfully the war ended before any further missions were necessary.

After he was discharged from the Army Air Corps he attended Berkeley on the GI Bill where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in astronomy in 1950. He chose Berkeley because of the reputation of its astronomy program and its professors. He took math and physics courses from such well-known professors as Derrick H. Lehmer and Emilio Segre, both of whom encouraged his scientific studies.

After graduation and with a young family to support he worked at Boeing in a math research group, as well as on commercial and military space satellite programs. While working at Boeing he attended the University of Washington where he earned a master’s degree in mathematics.

photo003 (002)The early 1950s saw the introduction of large mainframe computer systems to facilitate routine calculations, and he was in the early forefront when these systems were introduced at Boeing. The satellite studies conducted at Boeing were a natural extension of his practical interest in the motions of objects around the Earth, and he was able to learn and apply some of the methods devised by the great astronomers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as more recently developed methods.

During his time at Boeing he also worked on several orbit determination projects for the Lunar Orbiter program which had been initiated to identify a suitable location for the planned moon landing the late 1960s.

After some years working at Boeing he accepted a position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Pasadena, California. While there he worked on orbit determination projects for two early space programs: the Mariner-Venus and Mariner-Mars missions. After some years at JPL, family considerations resulted in a relocation back to Boeing where he finished his career.

During his time at Boeing and JPL, he pursued his interest in celestial mechanics by collecting an array of books and other publications from such luminaries as Newton, Euler, Gauss, Laplace and Lagrange, among many others. Over a collecting period of approximately forty-five years he acquired a considerable number of such works.

He had two children who were raised in Seattle, Washington. He passed away in 2006 after a lifetime of pursuing his interest in astronomy, and particularly his interest in celestial mechanics.

George Fox – Ski Racer, Auctioneer, Raconteur, Yodeler

_DSC5396 resizeIt is with great sadness that PBA Galleries announces that George King Fox, Auctioneer Emeritus of PBA Galleries, passed away on Sunday, October 29 2017. As Head Auctioneer, George was the beloved face of PBA. With his bow tie, sharp wit and grand smile, he had a style all his own and will be greatly missed. He had been with PBA for over 25 years and developed many of our specialties including golf and counter-culture literature.

George was a fine collector in his own right starting his collection as a youth. He passionately collected 19th century American printed ephemera, trade cards, the history of color printing in America and fine press books. George was a fixture at all San Francisco bibliophile organizations.

_DSC5378 resizeHe served as president of the Book Club of California, Master of the Press of the Roxburghe Club, and Board Member of the Ephemera Society. He was also an active member of the Historical Print Collectors Society, had been elected as a member of the American Antiquarian Society, was a large supporter of the Golf Collectors Society without ever swinging a golf club, and a great supporter of the San Francisco Public Library where he donated his father’s collection of illustrated books. He loved the finely printed page and the people who shared this passion.

In his youth, he was an alpine ski competitor and worked on installing some of the first chairlifts in the California High Sierra. He worked his first auction at 18 as a “runner” for a New England auction. After he spent years as an executive in the book printing and publishing industry, George returned to the auction world as the head of the Book Department at Butterfield & Butterfield Auctioneers before joining PBA Galleries shortly after its founding.

George was fond of speaking before an assembled crowd and was always very gracious and generous. A raconteur and an overall delight, on rare occasions, he could be heard entertaining listeners with his yodeling.George's Mammoth Post Card

To Think We Saw It on Sutter Street

Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

On Thursday, November 2nd, PBA Galleries will offer more than 550 lots of Illustrated Books – Children’s Literature – Books in All Fields. The first section of the sale features works illustrated by many of the most desired names of the golden era of book illustration and beyond. Harry Clarke, Edmund Dulac, Kay Neilsen, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham and Willy Pogany are all represented. More than forty first editions illustrated by Dr. Seuss are also offered, along with scores of other fine illustrated works for children and adults from the 18th through the 21st centuries. The second section of the sale includes a wide variety of genres, from early printed books to the fine presses of the 20th century, finely bound books and sets, fore-edge paintings, a selection of Jazz ephemera, 19th century medical works with chromolithograph plates, large selections from the Perishable Press, the Book Club of California, and much more.

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Harry Clarke with 40 plates, 10 of which are color with printed tissue guards, plus numerous decorative elements and tail-pieces, is Clarke’s rarest work. Signed by the illustrator at the limitation, this work represents Clark’s first foray into book illustration. He worked for three years on these illustrations after receiving the commission from Harrap. Clarke is beloved for his intricate and faintly disturbing imagery and is an important figure in Irish Arts & Crafts both for his book illustration and stained glass (Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000).

Clarke illustrating Hans Christian Andersen

Clarke illustrating Hans Christian Andersen

Other featured illustrated books include the first issue of Dr. Seuss’ And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, his first book for children and one of many Dr. Seuss first editions offered (Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000); a matched set of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung illustrated by Arthur Rackham, part of a large collection of Rackham limited editions (Estimate: $2,500 – $3,500); and Maxfield Parrish’s most desired book, The Knave of Hearts with 11 full-age plates and 9 large color illustrations, certainly a high point of American book illustration (Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500).

A number of original hand-painted animation cels from the 1970’s Jackson Five television cartoon series will highlight the sale. These include an unusually wide-frame cel of Michael Jackson being mobbed by fairy maidens (Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000); a lot of two cels, one of which is a quite rare cel of Diana Ross, who’s only appearance was in the premier episode (Estimate: $600 – $900); and few lots of cels with the five brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael.

The Jackson Five animation cel

The Jackson Five animation cel

Additional highlights of the sale are Gammer Gurton’s Garland, the 1810 first complete collected edition of songs and verses for children and includes the first appearances of Little Bo-peep and Humpty Dumpty (Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000); the first important book on garden design, The Theory and Practice of Gardening by John James illustrated with 32 fine engraved plates (Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000); a remarkable and fascinating late 19th century manuscript catalogue of the personal library of Scottish merchant, John Cruickshank (Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500); and the rare Perishable Press publication of Toby Olson’s Fishing, perhaps the rarest book of the press and part of a collection of the press in the sale (Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, October 30th from 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 31st and November 1st, from 9am-5pm and on Thursday, November 2nd, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Fishing for Angling & Sporting Books with Americana

The Natural Trout Fly

The Natural Trout Fly

On Thursday, October 19th, PBA Galleries is privileged to host Part II of The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling & Sporting Books with Americana, Travel & Exploration, and Cartography. On offer, will be over 400 lots of rare and significant books, manuscripts, maps, and related material, including items from the premier angling and sporting library formed by Richard Beagle. Key to the collection are fine limited editions with mounted specimens of tied flies; first editions of important accounts of angling in Britain and America; presentation copies of fishing books by Zane Gray; uncommon narratives of bird shooting and big game hunting; and other rarities. Accompanying the angling and sporting books is an array of interesting and unusual materials on the Americas and the world at large, with manuscripts of African American import, documents from old Mexico, scarce California ephemera, Hawaiiana, travels to the far reaches of the globe, and more.

A highlight of the sale is a deluxe issue of the first edition of Leonard West’s The Natural Trout Fly and Its Imitation published in 1912. Illustrated with 13 color plates of flies, the book also contains a total of 108 specimen flies mounted on five thick leaves. Bound in full green morocco with double gilt-rule borders, lettered in gilt and all edges gilt, it is one of only a few deluxe copies of an unknown total but speculated at no more than 30 given the scarcity of copies appearing at auction (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000).

Upland Game Shooting

Upland Game Shooting

Another angling highlight is F. M. Halford’s Dry Fly Entomology: A Brief Description of Leading Types of Natural Insects Serving as Food for Trout and Grayling with the 100 Best Patterns of Floating Flies and the Carious Methods of Dressing Them, in two volumes published in 1897. One of only 100 copies of the Edition De Luxe, the second volume contains 100 actual specimens of tied flies (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000).
Other featured lots in the angling section of the sale include a special presentation copy of Zane Grey’s Tales of Southern Rivers inscribed by Grey to his son Loren (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000) and the miniature Book of Small Flies by Rene Harrop and others, one of 60 copies with eight tiny tied flies in a special wooden case (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

A scarce deluxe issue of H. L. Betten’s Upland Game Shooting is a highlight of the sporting lots in the sale. Signed by the author on the limitation page and illustrated from paintings and drawings by Lynn Bogue Hunt with ten tipped-in color plates, this is one of the most desirable of 10th century sporting books (Estimate $2,000-$3,000).

San Bruno wall map

San Bruno wall map

Featured lots in the Americana section of the sale include: a rare wall map of San Bruno, California from 1915, issued just one year after the city south of San Francisco was incorporated (Estimate: $3,000- $5,000); John Muir’s The Mountains of California, first edition, signed by the author and with a letter from him to close friend Charles Keeler tipped in (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); Samuel Johnson’s Taxation No Tyranny!, 1775, in which the great English lexicographer argues the Crown has the right to tax the unruly American colonies (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and two mammoth plate albumen photographs c.1865-66, by Carleton E. Watkins of Tacoye, the Half Dome, 5500 feet, Yosemite, a striking view with the Merced River in the foreground and Section of the Grizzly Giant with Galen Clark, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000 each).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction on Monday, October 16th, 1 – 5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17th and 18th, from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, October 19th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Nearly Complete Collection of BCC Publications Offered Sept. 7th

Cowan's California BIbliography BCC 1

Cowan’s California BIbliography BCC 1

The Fred Bennett Collection of the Book Club of California if featured in PBA Galleries’ Rare Books and Manuscripts sale on September 7th. The collection includes virtually all of the Club’s publications, with many special copies, from copy no. 1 of the very first book, specially bound, onward. Many of the leaf books have additional leaves, and a number of the books are signed by the printers or others involved in their production. Also in the sale are 150 lots of rare, valuable, and significant material in many subject areas, from early folio printings of Shakespeare plays and books of the Bible to fine printings from the Doves and Kelmscott Presses, with important medical and scientific works, breakthroughs in Egyptology, uncommon art and photography books, and more.

The first publication of the Book Club of California is the highlight of the Fred Bennett Collection. Robert Cowan’s landmark Bibliography of the History of California, published in 1914, is specially bound in three quarter pig skin and tan cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, rust colored patina endpapers; housed in Niger leather and cloth clamshell box lined with patina paper, raised spine bands, spine stamped in gilt. This is copy number 1 of a total first edition of 250 printed by Taylor, Nash & Taylor and is truly a unique copy of this important work. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000

Plato’s Republic, is the Greek philosopher’s most enduring work. This copy, a large paper edition published in Glasgow in 1763, is the very rare first edition in English. OCLC lists only four copies with only two found in the United States. It is bound in period calf, rebacked with later calf, raised spine bands, morocco lettering piece. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000.

Doves Press Bible

Doves Press Bible

Other fine press offerings include the beautiful Doves Press English Bible in five volumes. One of the legendary fine printings of the Bible and the Masterpiece of the press, this is one of 500 copies in full limp vellum bindings. The crown jewel of Doves’ achievements remains this edition of the King James Bible, with the iconic initial letter “I” from “In the Beginning” gently cascading down the page, alongside the elegant block of text. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, The Well at the World’s End from an edition of 350 copies has wood-engraved illustrations by W. S. Hooper after Edward Burne-Jones. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000

Two seminal works will also be offered in the sale. Jean-François Champollion’s Lettre à M. Dacier. 1822, the first edition of his account of his method for assigning phonetic values to Egyptian hieroglyphs, based on a study of the Rosetta Stone, a key work in Egyptology (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000) and six early and seminal papers on DNA, in four issues of Nature, including the first two papers by James Watson and Francis Crick, and the first depictions of the DNA molecule (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

The sale also features two autograph letters signed by Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, to “Cousin William,” writing in 1897 about the publication of her autobiography (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000); a late 18th century Persian manuscript of popular tales and narratives, with 14 exquisite half-page miniature paintings (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000); and two complete plays from the second folio edition of Shakespeare’s works, 1632, being the tragedies of Troylus and Cressida, and of Cariolinus, bound together in modern half morocco (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000)

Kelmscott's The Well at the World's End

Kelmscott’s The Well at the World’s End

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5th and 6th, from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, September 7th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Fine Books in All Fields or Something for Everyone

Jimi Hendrix Experience Rock Poster

Jimi Hendrix Experience Rock Poster

The PBA Galleries August 31st Fine Books in All Fields auction will feature over 450 lots of interesting, unusual and valuable material in a broad range of subject areas, from early printed books and finely bound sets to scarce items from Japan and China. Included are books, manuscripts, rare ephemera, photographs, colored botanical plates, original comic and illustration art, vintage rock posters, and much more.

A rare Jimi Hendrix Experience rock poster from early 1968 is a highlight of the sale. One of the most desirable posters of the genre, it features the iconic “Flying Eyeball” design of Rick Griffin, influenced by the 1950’s auto detailing art of Von Dutch, and advertised the February 1st and 4th concerts at the Fillmore and the February 2nd and 3rd concerts at Winterland which also saw John Mayall and the Blues Breakers and Albert King performing. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.

Sculthorpe's Caricatures

Sculthorpe’s Caricatures

A unique collection of 61 original watercolor caricature drawings by W.R. Sculthorpe, humorously depict various aspects of English life and society in the latter half of the 19th century. Executed in the 1860s, some are redrawings of earlier works dating as early as the 1830s. Five illustrations lacking from the original album were sold at a 1998 auction at Christie’s. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

Appian's Roman History

Appian’s Roman History

The editio princeps of Appian of Alexandria’s Romanarum Historiarum, the history of the wars of the ancient Roman Empire dates from 1551. This work is often cited as the supreme example of the use of the Royal Greek Types. The title page in is Greek and Latin, with the remaining text in Greek. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000.

An exceptional commercially produced photograph album of China in the 1920’s has some 165 original photographs, with printed descriptive text in Chinese. The superb selection of views presents the country from Shanghai to Manchuria, the China Sea to the western deserts. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

The scarce first American edition of Mary Shelley’s Lodore, her largely autobiographical novel of 1835, focuses on political and ideological issues, particularly the education and social role of women. This copy is bound with Frederick Marryat’s The Naval Officer, apparently as issued. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

Rackham Illustrated A Christmas Carol

Rackham Illustrated A Christmas Carol

Other lots featured in the sale include: the scarce Arthur Rackham illustrated A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in the original full vellum (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); a rare true first edition of Beatrix Pottter’s Peter Rabbit (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); the complete play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, from the second folio edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1632 (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000); and Bengal Story: Tales from Orissa, Bengal & Sikkim, a striking artist’s book by Susan Allix with five etchings and five linocuts, one of 10 special copies on hand-made paper (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, August 28th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29th and 30th, from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, August 31st, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Miniature Books from a Gentleman Collector

Opera Omnia

Opera Omnia

On Thursday, August 24th, PBA Galleries will offer more than 300 lots of fine miniature books from the library of an East Coast gentleman. Included are many fine individual volumes along with complete or nearly complete collections from some of the best known modern publishers of miniature books. A selection of antiquarian miniatures is included as well. Among the rarities are nine different versions of the Rosemary Press printings of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, many of which have never appeared at auction before; the 1828 Opera of Horace in microscopic 2.5-point type; a complete gathering of the REM Miniatures Dard Hunter books, a collection of 10 fine miniature artist’s books by Soraya Marcano, most issued in editions of less than 10 copies and rarely encountered; along with many, many other desirable volumes. Other highlights of the sale include substantial collections from the Black Cat Press, the Hillside Press, the Press of Ward Schori, REM Miniatures, Achille J. St. Onge, and collections of many other miniature publishers. Many former holders of the record for the smallest printed book in the world are also represented along with a significant number of micro-miniatures, perfectly sized for the doll’s house library.

A miniature typographical wonder, the 1828 edition of the Opera Omnia of Horace, printed in Henri Didot’s microscopic 2.5-point type is considered by Spielmann “One of the typographical wonders and an unsurpassed feat as far as minuteness and beauty of type is concerned.” It is superbly bound by C. Hardy in full red morocco, elaborately stamped in gilt on spine and covers, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

Rosemary Press Rubaiyat for Chile Club

Rosemary Press Rubaiyat for Chile Club

The rare Rosemary Press edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, was printed for the members of the Chile Club. Amongst the rarest of the many miniature Rubaiyats, it is one of nine different printings by the Rosemary press for various clubs and organizations offered in this auction, all are rare. It is housed in a custom book-shape box of full blue morocco and bound in a Chilean flag design. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

Fine facsimile edition of the Carmina Sapphica by Horace originally printed at the Ashendene Press in 1923 for the Library at Queen Mary’s Doll House is also featured. One of the rarest and most desirable of miniature books published by Anne & David Bromer housed in a custom-made folding half morocco case. Several other of the Bromer miniatures are also included in this sale. Estimate: $600-$900

Rare California Miniature

Rare California Miniature

An Invitation to the Private Presses of Stanford and Palo Alto is a very rare California miniature. It is copy number 1 of only 9 copies printed and only one other copy located per OCLC/WorldCat. This copy is accompanied by an unfolded proof sheet with the complete text printed on each side. Estimate $500-$800

Other highlights in the sale are: a collection of ten miniature artist’s books by Brooklyn book artist Soraya Marcano, , most issued in edition of ten copies or less and rarely offered for sale (Estimate $1,000-$1,500); a complete collection of all six Dard Hunter titles published by REM Miniatures (Estimate: $800-$1,200); one hundred volumes from Norman Forgue’s Black Cat Press, a nearly complete collection of the titles issued by the press (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); twelve micro-miniatures on Medieval history printed by Roger Huet, housed in a fine rosewood case (Estimate: $700-$1,000); and the Gleniffer Press edition of Three Blind Mice, former record holder for the smallest letterpress printed book in the world, one of several former holders of this record included in this auction (Estimate: $500-$800).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, August 21st 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 22nd and 23rd, from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, August 24th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Clipper Ship Sailing Cards, Peter Parley and Propaganda

Tales of Peter Parley

Tales of Peter Parley

On Thursday, August 10th, PBA Galleries will host an Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography sale of over 450 lots of historical materials relating to the Americas and the world at large, including books, manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, maps, and more. There are letters and booklets relating to slavery and the African-American experience; rare California ephemera and promotional items from the 19th and 20th centuries; important works on the exploration of the American West; a collection of scarce clipper ship sailing cards; early directories of states and cities; desirable real estate and cadastral maps of local California communities; and more. Travels to the far reaches of the world includes excursions into Africa, central Asia and the subcontinent, the Middle East, China and Japan, the great cities of Europe, and the steppes of Russia.

Featured in the sale is a first edition of the First Peter Parley book, The Tales of Peter Parley About America. This very rare children’s book by Samuel Griswold Goodrich, published in 1827, was the first of over 100 different titles issued with the Peter Parley name and its success spurred many imitations. Goodrich explains in the preface that he was conveying “to children, under the guise of amusement, the first ideas of Geography and History.” (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000)
Ka Palapala Hemolele a Iehova ko kakou akua o ke Kauoha Kahiko a me ke Kauoha Hou i unuhiia mailoko mai o na’olelo kahiko is a complete Bible in Hawaiian. Printed at the Hawaiian Mission Press in 1843, it is the first octavo edition, but second edition of the Bible in Hawaiian. (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000). Also in the sale is an original WWII propaganda poster in Russian. With four hand-stenciled color images depicting vivid scenes of Russian victory and German defeat, it is one of some 1250 different posters produced by Tass during the war. (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000)

Clipper Ship Sailing Card for Wild Rover

Clipper Ship Sailing Card for Wild Rover

For the Californiana collectors sale highlights include a superb 19th century photograph album with nearly 60 original images of California and Colorado, including rare views of San Francisco’s Chinatown (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000); twenty-one lots of clipper ship sailing cards including an original color engraved card for Wild Rover with an iconic image representing sail power versus steam (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500); the 1884 Mining Map of Inyo County by J. M. Keeler with an early view of Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine, folding into its original printed paper wrapper trimmed in gilt (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and an extensive archive of original blueprints & designs for various features of San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal which was open from January 14th, 1939, until it closed on August 7th, 2010, to make way for the Transbay Transit Center (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Russian Propaganda Poster

Russian Propaganda Poster

Two additional noteworthy lots are featured in this sale. A rare subscriber’s copy of the first edition of George Anson’s Voyage Around the World will be offered. This edition includes 42 copper-engraved maps, charts, views coastal profiles, etc., most folding but is also known for the text chronicling adventure and discovery as Anson roamed the Pacific in pursuit of Spanish treasure (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Also in the auction is Francis Trevelyan Miller’s 1930 The World in the Air in two volumes and one of the limited Pioneers Edition signed by important figures in aviation history including Glenn Curtiss, Louis Bleriot and others. This is the “first historic collection of official prints and photographs from government archives and private collections recording five thousand years of man’s struggles to conquer the air” (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, August 7th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, August 10th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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